This magazine is suppose to be a magazine for "thinking mothers". The article is basically the saga of an individual that tried an mlm and failed, so of course, any and all direct sales companies are now bad and for facts to back up these statements, they just use statements from other disgruntled people that didn't make money when they were involved in these companies. I like to try to stay objective in my articles and I promise to try with this one, however I feel this needs to be brought to light. PT/TC is just gloating over the mention of their site in an article against mlm's that was published in the above mentioned magazine. For your convenience, if it works, I inserted the link if you would like to read the whole article.
I know that personally, I have read often on that other site, the statement that "99% of all people in Mk loose money." I never could figure out where this "fact" came from. Well, I think I finally got my answer. Now the next several paragraphs are from the article (in italics) after I post it, I would like to point something out. - I changed the color of the text to red in the points I would like to "debate".
Billion-dollar companies like Herbalife, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and Arbonne International, to name just a few, are structured on the MLM model. Most operate roughly the same way. New recruits are required, or at least strongly urged, to buy inventory up front which they sell to their friends, relatives, and acquaintances, usually via parties held in their homes, or in the homes of friends. Selling the actual products is one revenue stream, but as Lopez’s Herbalife team told her, the real money is made when you convince others to sell, too. If you’re lucky enough to find two or three people to sell through you, and if they have the skills to find others to sell for them, you could be sitting at the peak of a nice mountain of revenue. With Herbalife, for instance, Lopez says, “Every time one of your recruits sells something you receive two percent. You’re receiving money from three people below you: the person you recruit, the person they recruit, and the person that person recruits.” A sweet setup, in theory. In reality? Not so much. “This is a deadly business model in which you are doomed to fail,” says Robert Fitzpatrick, president of Pyramid Scheme Alert, an Internet-based watchdog group located in Charlotte, North Carolina. “There’s a ninety-nine percent loss rate”—meaning the vast majority of people who start MLM businesses end up losing money. You’d have a better chance betting your life savings on a game of blackjack in Vegas, he says, than you would putting it all into a multi-level marketing home business.
Now, I may not know everything there is to know about MK but, a recruiter only gets a percentage of her personal team. (Yes, a director will get on a commission on her unit members) but a recruiter will not get a commission from "three people below you" - only the people she personally recruits and the theory is that is to help the "recruiter" and compensate her for the time she will spend mentouring her new team member, which will take time away from her time she could be spending selling. And even though this Robert Fitzpatrick has made this statement, there is no report or explantion to back up this statement. Ummmm..... okay, why is it okay for this entire article backed up only with an individual view points to slander Companies because some Joe Blow makes a statement, doesn't make it true. So after reading this, imho, PT has proved what MK people have said all along, we are not an mlm.
Further more, this article does nothing to help people from falling pray to the pitfalls of a direct sales or mlm company, and that focusing on sales as your primary objective and team building secondary will help you earn far more money than simply recruiting, it just shows how some people make very poor decisions. They also have a blog for discussing the article connected with the article, some interesting comments and of course, I put in my two cents.
And I would like to add, next time you want to have a debate with someone about the benefits of a Mary Kay career and they start arguing, please feel free to just tell them that, "mk4me states that if you treat your MK like a business and build your customer base strong and team build second, don't buy your recognition, sell your products - don't discount everything, provide good customer service, don't inflate claims, don't lie, stay informed about the products, and don't expect people to knock your door down because you are now "a MK consultant", and you are willing to leave your home and your children for more than 10 minutes, you will be able to make money in MK and the longer you stay in and continue to take care of your existing clients and continue to add more new clients, you will be able to continue to increase your income." Bam, end of arguement. How could they possible argue with mk4me, it has to be fact, I said it, right???
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